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Old 09-22-2008, 07:03 PM   #1
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I am making a Merlot from fresh juice that i bought. I am going to rack it into a carboy today because it is almost done fermenting. Should i be adding anything in like oak chips? I do not want to use fining agents but i know that merlot has an oaky taste a lot of the time


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Old 09-22-2008, 07:45 PM   #2
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I would oak, but I'm not sure when. I'd probably wait until after MLF and starting the bulk aging time period.

This is all my guestimation of what I would do- I've never made wine out of fresh grape juice.


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Old 09-22-2008, 08:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:32 PM   #5
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I'd wait to oak if you are using oak chips or some other oaking method other then powder. For my Merlots,Cabs, and pino noir's I like medium toast french oak. For big Zinfandels I use American oak. I usually wait until my third racking, the first racking being from primary, I let the wine clear well for at least a month with each racking if not longer. I steam my chips in a steamer basket for 10 minutes to get rid of the more bitter tannins (I dont boil like EC Kraus says) I start with 2oz except for my pinos I start with one ounce. I taste it with my wine theif every week or two and add more or rack it off if it's the flavor I like. You can always add and its hard to subtract so I prefer to go slow unless you like the taste of plywood in your wine. Good luck, Ken



 
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